Guided tour

Rome: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Guided Tour

Rome: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Guided Tour

Activity provider: Rutas Romanas
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From US$ 44.36 per person

Visit the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater in the Roman world, the Palatine Hill, the oldest part of the city, and the Roman Forum, the beating heart of ancient Rome, with an expert guide.

About this activity

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Italian, English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese

Experience

Highlights
  • Avoid long queues at the ticket office thanks to a skip-the-line entrance
  • Discover the history of the Colosseum
  • See the Colosseum arena and basement floor from the panoramic terrace
  • Learn from a guide with expertise and a wealth of information
  • Stand in the central area of the Roman Forum
Full description

Explore the most famous amphitheater in the world on this guided tour. Enter the Colosseum with skip-the-line tickets and learn its incredible history. With your guide, walk on Palatine Hill and through the Roman Forum to see the most iconic monuments of Ancient Rome.

 

Start your tour by admiring the outside of the Colosseum. Listen as your guide explains the history of the monument over the centuries. Enter the Amphitheater, through a security check, and discover the spectacular activities that took place inside it.

 

Visit the first floor to admire the interior. Observe the reconstructed portion of the arena and the underground system from above. Go downstairs to have a closer look at the arena and basement floor. End where the emperor's box was located, which housed his family and his guests of honor.

 

Then, take a moment to stop in front of the imposing Arch of Constantine as your guide describes its history and most significant features. Walk on the ancient Via Sacra to reach the entrance to Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. After the security check, admire the Arch of Titus up close.

 

Continue with the tour of Palatine Hill, where the remains of the oldest settlement in the city are. Visit some of the most significant imperial residences: the Palatine Stadium, the Domus Augustana, and the Domus Flavia.

 

Next, go down to the valley that hosts the Roman Forum. Along the Via Sacra, discover the magnificence of the Basilica of Maxentius, the bronze door of the temple of Romulus, the curious suspended door of the temple of Antoninus and Faustina, the temple, and the house of the Vestals.

 

Finally, arrive in the central area of the Roman Forum, which over the centuries has become the political, religious, economic, legal center, and square of the ancient city. Here, admire and learn about the Curia, the Arch of Septimius Severus, the Tabularium, the temple of Saturn, and more.

Includes
  • Skip-the-line tickets for the Colosseum
  • Skip-the-line tickets for the Roman Forum
  • Skip-the-line tickets for Palatine Hill
  • Professional tour guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants must also bring a valid form of ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, identity card, student card, etc)

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

At the exit of the metro station Colosseo (ground floor), close to the green kiosk, look for a member of the staff holding a Rutas Romanas sign. Please arrive at the meeting point 20 minutes before the activity starts.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Drones
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Sprays or Aerosols
  • Glass objects

Know before you go

  • All the visitors must pass through a security check. During busy days, there might be a queue
  • This queue is unavoidable and does not depend on the tour operator. The actual starting time might suffer a delay
  • This tour will take place rain or shine, some areas of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill might not be accessible during bad weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 285 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
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  • Value for money
    4.5/5

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We were on the English spoken tour on 23/02/2022 we didn’t get the persons name but he was amazing. Please pass on this feedback. He was very informative and knowledgable, and also really friendly. He made us feel really welcome and was such a good tour guide we feel lucky to have had him show us around. We learnt so much about the history of the Colosseum, he kept us thoroughly engaged throughout and was really funny. He gave us memories that we will have for our lifetime and he was just fantastic.

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May 12, 2022

Flamina was an excellent guide. Really informative and lovely manner. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip through the colosseum and the forum. We took our kids ages 13, 10 and 8 and the 2 hrs was plenty. The booking does say it’s 3 hours (but I think would be too long) The tour ended at the location where Julius Caesar’s funeral took place which I thought was a great end

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April 21, 2022

Extremely friendly guided tour of Colosseum, Palantine Hill and Roman Forum. Be sure to wear comfy shoes, as you might be walking a lot. Guide was very friendly and understandable when we had some special needs. I really liked the idea of using a Wireless connectivity device to still hear the guide and not miss out due to noise or being far away from the guide.

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April 18, 2022

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